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Construction Skills Certification Scheme

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme is a register of competent workers in the construction industry. The main aims of the scheme are to improve standards of workmanship and reduce accidents in the construction industry. The scheme is supported by organisations such as the Major Contractors Group and possession of an appropriate CSCS card is increasingly being required for access to construction sites in the UK.

What is a CSCS card?

A CSCS card is a plastic card, the size of a credit card, with an individual’s name, photo and CSCS reference number on it. The card shows the individual’s occupation and that they have undergone health and safety awareness training and testing. There are different coloured cards for different levels of an occupation, from trainee to senior management. Cards are valid for either 3 or 5 years, depending on the type of card.

Routes to CSCS cards

The normal route to get a CSCS card is to achieve the appropriate N/SVQ for the required occupational level. However, there are other routes such as industry accreditation (usually available for a limited period of time after a trade becomes available for CSCS cards) or the professional membership route. Fellows of the Geological Society can qualify for a CSCS card through a professional membership route – see below for further details.

All cards require completion of a health and safety test. There is an application fee for CSCS cards and a fee for taking the health and safety test. See the CSCS website at for details of the types of cards available, the requirements and fees and to request application packs.

What CSCS cards can Fellows apply for?

Candidate Fellows and Fellows

Candidate Fellows and Fellows can apply for the red Technical, Supervisory & Management Trainee card. This card requires completion of the Health and Safety Test. The card is valid for three years. It can be extended on application and by retaking the Health and Safety Test, but generally only for another three years.

Chartered Geologists

Professionally Qualified Person Card

Chartered Geologists can apply for the white Professionally Qualified Person card through the professional membership route.

PQP card

This card is available to competence assessed members of CSCS approved Professional Bodies. This card is valid for five years.

All applicants must pass the CITB Managers and Professionals Health, Safety and Environment Test.

When you apply for this card you will need to provide your professional body membership number, level of membership along with a copy of your professional body membership certificate or card. If you don’t have a copy of your membership certificate or card you can alternatively provide the name, membership number and contact number of someone of the same level or higher in the same professional body as you who is prepared to recommend you or supply a letter or email from the professional body confirming that you are a current, competence assessed member.

You can also apply for this card over the phone by calling CSCS on 0344 99 44 777. You will be asked to provide proof of your membership which our customer co-ordinator will confirm the email address for it to be sent during the call.

For more information on the Professionally Qualified Person card, please visit the CSCS website.